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Old 11-10-2019, 10:28 PM
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When did Sears stop making and selling Go Karts?
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:08 PM
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1980s if I had to guess early 1990s at the very latest. Sears didn't make go karts much like they didn't make lawn tractors or other fun items. They were ordered by manufacturers and branded under their name.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:25 AM
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Probably mid to late 80s.
My Bird Engineering kart is from the "Golden Karting Age" of the 1970s, they were definitely in production then.
Biggest things that killed them off was video games and liability issues I'd say.
Several design differences tell me mine was probably originally bought from a Sears or the likes.
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:48 AM
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oh sears DID make karts!
but that stopped late 60s maybe very early 70s I think.

Okay okay they did NOT manufacture the karts that's true,
but they designed at least one (or had it designed specifically for them)
and had that manufactured by a contractor which might or might not have been a kart company.

Unlike the later karts which are mostly just slightly modified and dumbed down Mancos or Birds or whatnot to bring the costs down.

So I'd go with
making : 1969-1972 or such
selling : 2004 perhaps? maybe even later
they might have stopped relabelling sold karts as sears in the 80s/90s however

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Old 11-11-2019, 07:04 AM
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This might be a little off topic but Sears did that with their appliances too. They would have Whirlpool build fridges and washing machines for them but change something just enough so you would have to buy parts from them. If you wanted a timer for a washing machine and tried to get a cheaper one from Whirlpool it wouldn't work since Sears modified it so you would have to get it from them. Creative business practices. A Whirlpool timer would have cost maybe $19.00, a Kenmore would have cost $26.00.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:34 PM
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My "Sears" kart has the same Kelch steering wheel and nearly all the features of an American Express. the guy I got it from says that he believes his cousin got it new in '77.
Manco replacement seat was also an exact fit.

Known Differences: I have steel spacers where an AmEx would have (Valve?) springs to cushion the front spindles. My engine mount plate is shoved WAY right so I need spacers to get the fan shroud clear of my ridiculously large tires.Lastly; mine has a Bracket to hang a fuel tank from the back of the seat. Wish I knew what tank fit that bracket.
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